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No significant COVID-19 uptick, says Philippines health official

PHILIPPINES DAILY INQUIRER/ANN – There is no significant uptick in COVID-19 cases in any part of the country, Philippines Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire assured.

However, Vergeire said there are areas where there is a slight increase in its COVID-19 one-week growth rate.

“We currently observe some areas where there is an increase in their one-week growth rate.

“But when we look into the increase, it is just small but it affects their population,” she said on TeleRadyo’s Kabayan.

“We do not see any significant uptick in the number of cases in different parts of the country.

We are closely monitoring the situation and we will inform the public if we observe a significant rise,” she added.

According to Vergeire, COVID-19 infections continue to drop daily with an average of 490 cases nationwide, 150 of which are in Metro Manila. Currently, Metro Manila and 47 other areas are under the most relaxed COVID-19 Alert Level 1 until the end of March.